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A Job to Love

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Alongside a satisfying relationship, a career we love is one of the foremost requirements for a fulfilled life. Unfortunately, it is
devilishly hard to understand oneself well enough to know quite where one’s energies should be directed. It is to help us out of some of these impasses that we wrote A Job to Love, a guide to how we can better understand ourselves and locate
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Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by The School of Life (first published February 2017)
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amirMasoud Hadidi
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
کتاب رو خیلی دوست داشتم،
اون احساس تسلی بخشی که مهر دوباتن در اکثر نوشته هاش هست، در اینجا هم به وفور پیدا میشه

من سوالی که داشتم وبه خاطر اون کتاب رو خریدم، اضطراب ها و افسردگی هایی بود که این چند ماهه خصوصا زمستان امسال درباره ی رشته ی دانشگاهیم، یعنی پزشکی داشتم
شک و تردید انگار فلجم کرده بود، ساعات زیادی را به غم و اندوه گذراندم
نوشتن را دوست دارم، شاخه هایی از هنر را هم و البته پزشکیم را،
اما در این زمستانی که گذشت، جریان سیال ذهن من مدام به شک و تردید و این نمی می شود و آن می شود ها سرک می
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Saeed Ramazany
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جدا دوستش داشتم. کتاب خوبی بود.
آلن دوباتن یه جوری مینویسه انگار کنارت نشسته، بغلت کرده و هی دست میکشه به سرت میگه «عب نداره. تو سعیتو کردی. بقیه هم مثل توان. ناراحت نباش. خجالت نکش. هیچ کس بلد نیست. اونا دروغ میگن. این کار و فلان کارو بکن حالت بهتر میشه»

از بعضی جملات کتابش خیلی حال کردم و کلا مفهومی که در موردش کتاب رو نوشته بود رو هم دوست داشتم.
به قدری دوست داشتنی بود که رفتم یه نسخه دیگه خریدم و به اولین نفری که باهاش بیرون رفتم هدیه دادم.
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Gypsy

چرا اینو لیست کردن برای نوجوانان؟ برای همهست. حتی یه جاهایی اونقدر فلسفی میشه که توی نوجوانی خوندن شاید خیلی به درک نینجامه. فقط دربارۀ شغل دلخواه نیست، یه جور بهزیستیِ شغلیه و خودشناسیِ فلسفی. از طرفی حجمش کمه و دوست داشتم بیشتر باشه چون خیلی لذت بردم ازش، از طرفی درک میکنم بهتره باید کم باشه چون حجم که بیشتر باشه پراکندهگویی هم بیشتر میشه و مخاطب سردرگمتر. اولین کتابی بود که از مجموعۀ مدرسۀ زندگی میخوندم و بقیه رم خواهم خوند. همه روووو
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Geoff
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best career advice guides you should read at any age.

Botton is one of my favorite authors because his overall theme is always "be nicer to yourself than you think you should be" and he does this without being patronizing. Instead he shows us why our expectations are always so high without our realizing how they got that way. Once you understand the causes you can treat the symptoms, and it starts to work.

If you struggle with your career, read this book. You will come away with
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Ali Najafy
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
به نظرم این کتاب یکی از بهترین راهنما های مسیریابی و پیدا کردن شغل مورد علاقه است ، برخلاف کتاب های دیگ اصلأ به بررسی و ماهیت شغل و ویژگی های اونا نمیپردازه
بلکه به صورت فلسفی و خیلی ساده ، علایق آدم ها رو بررسی میکنه و راه کشف کردن علایق رو به آدم یاد میده ، تقریبا میشه گفت :
( به جای اینکه بهت ماهی بده ، بهت ماهیگیری رو یاد میده که خودت بری سراغ کشف علایق و شغل مورد علاقت)
در کنار همهی اینا میاد سوال ها و نگرانی هایی که در این مسیر سخت باهاشون مواجه میشیم رو هم بررسی میکنه و به اونا پاسخ میده
و
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Amirmohammad Ghorbani
اصلا دلم نمیخواست که کتاب تمام بشود. هر صفحه که میخواندم و هر تمرینی که حل میکردم، بیشتر میتوانستم خودم را بشناسم و این حجم و این جنس از خودشناسی را در کمتر کتابی یافته بودم.

میشود آن را سریع خواند. اما از عمد طولانیاش کردم. میخواستم کاملا گفتههایش را درک کنم و به آن اجازهی هضم بدهم.

واقعا از خواندنش راضی هستم.

دو اشکال در کار مترجم و ناشر وجود دارد. یکی این که نویسندهی کتاب، آلن دوباتن نیست؛ بلکه مجموعهی مدرسهی زندگی است. دوم این که نمیدانم چرا عنوان کتاب را شغل مورد علاقه ترجمه کرده است. عنوانی
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Mostafa Ghaemi
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نهتنها برای یافتن شغل مورد علاقه مناسبه، بلکه
. گراهای خوبی رو جهت خودشناسی بهتر ارائه میده،
. کمکهای کوچکی برای بهبود روابط عاطفی میکنه،
. و مهمتر از همه، ساختار ذهن و فکر رو جوری تغییر میده که بهتر بتونیم زندگی کنیم.

واقعاً خوشحالم که خوندمش :)
و کاش زودتر میخوندمش...
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Zane
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a short and well put book of some obvious and many not so widespread ideas on how to find your job (yes, the One or One-ish). Definitely will read this again and go through the Exercises included one by one! Recommended if you (as I am) are still struggling on finding that one job to have for the rest (or at least big part) of your life.
Roy
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is refreshingly different to other carrier advise literature that I have previously read. It is not about bigger, higher, better, but about things like considering childhood memories to identify things that might be relevant for our adult professional life. This one I found especially powerful. And the consolation chapter is quite counter cultural. No self-improvement hyms and paroles here, but rather grieving and being consoled over the fact that life is often not fair and ...more
Esther Arrindell
Er zijn veel boeken over het vinden van een baan die bij past, en wat dat betreft is dit boek er één in een lange traditie. Wat me echter trof, was het feit dat er wordt gestart met de zeer geruststellende boodschap: het is normaal dat je niet weet wat je wilt, en het is raar dat we meestal nergens leren om goed te bedenken wat er bij ons past en hoe je werk zoekt en vindt waar je je goed bij voelt. Daarnaast is de Roepingsmythe een belangrijke boosdoener : het idee dat je een soort roeping zou ...more
Simon
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: career
3.5/5. not revelatory, but many neat insights. the exercises aren't always extremely helpful, but there are actually some active ones that can really lead to progress, instead of passive inspiration by simply reading, which many similar books rely on.
John
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably the best book from the School of Life. While it's become increasingly controversial to actually believe and follow "find a job that you love to do/makes you happy", this book is a basically a reminder of how much of an impact a career can have you--if you let it.

It's only until recently was this a remote possibility, to "Love Our Work". It's a benefit of our status, privilege and potential for leisure in life.

Obstacles to Our Ideal Job
1.) Lack of Skills
2.) Lack of Information about
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Rihards Husko
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unexpectedly introspective, honest, and sincere look at human nature as regards pursuit of the ideal job. One that is simultaneously depressing and uplifting, much like the human condition itself.

When I started reading A Job to Love, a gift from a friend, I was curious, but entirely uncertain what to expect. The School of Life was a series I hadn't heard of before. I was pleased to find a well-considered and multi-faceted dissection of the contemporary perception regarding employment and our
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Tiffani
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good little book packed with career and general life advice.
Dorthe Studsgarth
I love the perspective and inspiration in this neatly designed and friendly written book. Actually I love everything about it. I am not even looking to find a career or job, but find the advice and exercises really helpful and enlightening for my working life.
Andjelka Jankovic
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loving your job seems like a primary achievement and challenge of the modern world.

Again, The School of Life in it’s infinite widows gives you all the thought starters and wisdom necessary to look at an old situation in a new way.

Don’t expect the answers to come easy, you have to do the work to find what your real purpose and contribution to this world is - and accept that most people on Earth have no idea too. The few that do know made it their life’s mission to find out, be one of them!
May Deng
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very short book to read. I was able to finish reading this book in two days. I enjoyed reading this book. This book provide philosophies and psychology related to jobs. It also gives you information about how people viewed work many years ago and how people view work in the modern era. People worked for practical purposes. The idea of loving what you do for work is a relatively new idea. In some cultures, they did not do work. They simply enjoy their lives. In this current age, people ...more
Joy
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A tad better than the other School of Life books. This book takes a very wide angle approach to assessing a career fit. There were a number of reflection questions in a few places, which I thought were really good (and that is why I’m giving it 2 stars instead of 1). However, in keeping with other School of Life books, this cries out for an editor—the book is too long and not well-focused enough. Whoever wrote this comes across really condescendingly in tone and seems to want to spew forth every ...more
Gia
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buena guía para reflexionar sobre la vida laboral

El libro invita a reflexionar sobre un montón de factores que pueden llevarnos a la profesión correcta. Incluye actividades para ir descubierto qué es lo realmente nos interesa y a partir de eso encontrar un trabajo que nos ofrezca eso. Sin embargo, no pierde la conexión con la realidad, y el autor enfatiza que tal vez jamás nos enamoremos por completo de nuestro trabajo y que es totalmente normal sentirse insatisfecho. Aún así me ayudó mucho y me
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John
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work, psychology
If you are a parent, a teen just finishing school, a counselor, or just looking to change jobs or career this is a such a good book, to begin with. I would say that it is a must read, something that will give you a good start in going out in the world to get a job or an education that give you a vocation you can enjoy working in. The book takes you back to the beginning to figure out what you like, what you are good at, why you like things or are good at others, what other things could you like, ...more
Klee
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An insightful read, and completely original. Based on incredible depth of knowledge and research. Questions add additional insight. I'm reading it a second time. Also, thebookoflife.org has much more information on work, a career search, and other topics of life.

Update: Working through the questions is incredibly valuable. The act of actually answering a question with pencil and paper is very different than just thinking about a question. This process has shown me what is important to me, who is
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Komi Verma
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad read. Filled with some very helpful and fun exercises - not sure how insightful they truly are but was good to come at from another angle, anyhow. Wasn't so keen on the ending chapter that basically summarises a whole host of reasons that you should just be happy with what you got but I appreciate the teaching it's trying to give, nonetheless.

In a world where we don't know what kind of jobs are even really around the corner, this held some reassurance but not a lot of inspiration. Well
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Emily Bibens
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a practical, helpful, comforting guide for exploring the strengths you could bring and the desires you have about work. Alain de Botton's stance on work and self-reflection is realistic, compassionate, insightful, and sets the stage for further thinking with a bit more wisdom and support than you might have had before you read the book. (There are specific exercises in each section to guide reflection, which I felt were much more helpful than philosophy alone).
Ophelia
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I love anything that The School of Life produces. This is a pragmatic, philosophical and practical approach to thinking about fulfilling jobs, with an emphasis upon the normality of our anxieties surrounding our careers.
It also debunks some of our unrealistic expectations to try and inspire more satisfaction with the ordinary. Not entirely convinced that part worked on me, but I'll keep trying!
Diana
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is composed of five chapters of beautifully-written essays, especially the last chapter about consolations we should grant to ourselves. The author analyses our perfectionism, overestimating the probability of success, and the conflicts between the potential of individuals and the efficiency of the modern society based on specialization... In one word, it‘s a book that is very helpful for us to figure out our career path in a realistic and rational way.
Hilary
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this very practical book. It’s useful for anyone contemplating their place in the world of work. I especially enjoyed the chapter on the pleasure points of work and got a lot out of the Consolations chapter. A nice dose of reality for those of us who might just be expecting too much.
Kate
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different and useful book of questions to consider when you the north about your work or the work you'd like to do. I will definitely go back and do the exercises, if anything to improve self knowledge. Highly recommend for anyone new to the job market too, although it's so useful for those thinking about a change.
Abolfazl Fattahi
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب آخرین کتابی بود که در خوندم و خیلی کتاب خوبی بود، جدیدا کتابهای آلن دوباتن رو شروع کردم به خوندم و سبک و بینشش رو دوست دارم،. بعدا فرصت کنم دربارهی این کتاب هم در بلاگم خواهم نوشت، اینجا هم دوباره دربارشون خواهم نوشت. ...more
Max Rudd
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Job to Love? A book to love!

This was an unexpected Christmas present and a very welcome one too. I was surprised at how much of the content I could identify with, and now having read it through once I'll be returning to it to have a crack at the exercises.

Thank you School of Life.
Joanna
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very rare, refreshing and down to earth perspective on the idea of career and success.

Thought-provoking and full of very interesting exercises that require careful and deep introspection.

The kind of book you could or rather should revisit many times in your life.
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We believe that the journey to finding fulfilment begins with self-knowledge. It is only when we have a sense of who we really are that we can make reliable decisions, particularly around love and work.

Sadly, tools and techniques for developing self-knowledge and finding fulfilment are hard to find – they’re not
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“A small but significant echo of this attitude can be traced in our habit of asking even very young children what they want to be when they grow up. There’s a faint but revealing assumption that somewhere in the options being entertained by the child (footballer, zookeeper, space explorer, etc.), there will already be the first stumbling articulations of the crucial inner voice announcing the small person’s true destiny. It appears not to strike us as peculiar to expect a five-and-a-half-year-old to understand their identity in the adult labour market.” 0 likes
“(the people we call great writers are in the end merely people who’ve known how to manipulate the butterfly nets required to catch their own flightiest, airiest, shyest thoughts).” 0 likes
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